Those people who undertake fast on the day only eat food made using potatoes. Turmeric, garlic, onion and ginger are avoided. Another method of fasting is to eat only fruits or raw vegetables. There are also staunch Lord Ram devotees who undertake nirjala upvaas (fasting without water).
It is believed that Lord Ram was born at noon so many people break the fast at noon with the Puja ‘prasad.’
On the day, after thoroughly cleaning the house, idols or pictures of Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman are installed in the puja room. Bananas, Tulsi leaves and usual flowers are placed near the deities.
An aarati is offered at noon and devotional bhajans are sung. A tika is applied and Gangajal is sprinkled the people present.
Usual sweets or coconut is distributed as Prasad.
The devotional songs sung include any one Ram Bhajan or Vishnu Sahasranama. Ramayana, especially the chapter Sudarkand, is recited on the day.